City of Palm Desert General Municipal Elections are conducted in November of even-numbered years. The next scheduled election will be held November 3, 2020. The most recent prior election was held on November 6, 2018, and a copy of Resolution No. 2018-93 declaring the results is posted in the "Resources" section on the right-hand side of this page. Further, there is also a copy of the 2019 Notice of Annual Reorganization of the City Council.
In 2020, changes are coming to the City's elections as a result of a legal settlement related to the California Voting Rights Act. The settlement will create a new downtown district, comprising about 20% of the City's population, represented by one (1) elected City Council member, as well as a larger surrounding district, comprising about 80% of the population, from which four (4) Council members will be elected. The settlement also calls for the implementation of ranked choice voting in both districts.
The new downtown district, which includes the Civic Center area and surrounding neighborhoods, helps fulfill longtime municipal goals identified in the City's Strategic and General Plans and will result in a more fully defined downtown Palm Desert. The downtown district aligns Palm Desert's electoral process with the California Voting Rights Act, ensuring that the voices and votes of all Palm Desert residents are heard and translate to meaningful representation.
Ranked choice voting, currently used by several other California cities, has been recognized as a way to help ensure that the candidate preferences of all voters are better reflected in election outcomes. Also known as an instant runoff, ranked choice voting gives voters the power to rank their candidates in order of preference. For more information, please call Palm Desert City Hall at 760-776-6380 or visit www.representpd.org.
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 73510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260, or by telephone at (760) 346-0611, ext. 304, with any general election questions. Additionally, please check out these helpful nonpartisan resources regarding elections: